Stunning Side Salads
August 18, 2011
My husband and I have always eaten a lot of salads for dinner. We almost always order them when we eat out, and they figure prominently as a side (alternating with steamed vegetables) to our entrees at home. Up until recently, we had nearly always purchased the prewashed, packaged lettuce, which really is kind of pathetic at times. I have just always been too lazy to wash, dry, and tear fresh lettuce. But I finally decided that it was worth it, and since I’ve been buying a lot of greens at the Farmers’ Market, it has become a necessity. So I’ve pulled out the salad spinner, and I just rinse and spin the greens, then roll them in a towel to dry while I prepare everything else. I’ve also started making my own dressing, which really makes all the difference between a salad that’s as good as what you’d get in a restaurant, and one that is pretty much of a let down.
One of the great things about salads is that you can pretty much throw in whatever leftover vegetables you have. If you’re like me and you seem to buy several more items than you need, it’s a great way to use up extra tomatoes, carrots, beets, and squash. I also like to mix different kinds of greens together, because it provides a nice contrast of flavors and textures.
So here’s a gallery of all the salads that I’ve made over the past couple months: